Friday, January 29, 2010

Green Soup (Caldo Verde)

We are a little behind this week, but still on time for a three-course meal. Here is the first dish: the green soup (or Caldo Verde) -- the most traditional Portuguese soup.

  • 6 large white potatoes
  • 2-3 bunches of kale (or collards green)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 chourizo ( sliced
  • 1 table spoon of extra virgin olive oil

The most difficult part of this recipe is to prepare the kale: wash thoroughly each of the kale leaves, roll them into large cigar-shape rolls and slice them really thin (0.2 inches slices) with a sharp knife. Wash it again and set aside.

On a large pan put the potatoes (peeled and washed) and salt. Cover the potatoes with water and let it boil for about 20 minutes. Puree the mixture with an immersion blender or any other blender (be careful for not burning yourself). After the puree is ready add the chourizo, kale, and olive oil. Bring it to a boil again for 10-15 minutes (when the soup starts boiling bring it to a medium-low heat) or until the kale is tender.
Serve it hot. Enjoy!

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